What's happening in Senate House
Students and staff have told us they want more central space for relaxation, social activities, support and learning. To achieve this ambition, work has begun to provide new spaces in Senate House by 2020, a year earlier than planned.
On 10 June, building work started on the lower and upper ground floors to create a large new food court, new SU café bar and a new home for the Information Point. (The interim name ‘Information Point’ will remain until the full service is launched in September 2020).
What is changing?
Work continues in Senate House to build the new food court and first of the major construction activities are about to start.
Woodland Road, pavement closure, 14 August
To maximise pedestrian safety as traffic moves onto and offsite, and to avoid removing trees and part of the hedgerow, a section of pavement on Woodland Road, in front of the courtyard, will close in tandem with the St Michael’s Park road closure, from 14 August – Summer 2020.
A new traffic light-controlled crossing will provide a safe route for pedestrians to cross Woodland Road and use the pavement adjacent to the Hawthorns. The existing zebra crossing at the Woodland Road / Elton Road / Tyndall Avenue junction will stay open.
Laying the foundations in Senate House, August 29
The Senate House extension foundations will be formed by piling, which has been scheduled for three weeks from August 29. During this time there will be some disruption as the team install 50+ piles ranging in depth from 5 – 15 metres.
Construction will take place between 8am and 4pm, so if you are working in the Hawthorns, or in nearby buildings on Woodland Road, please bear with us. Alternative meeting space is available elsewhere on our estate during a time when many in our community are away.
We'll post regular updates on our newsfeed too, and aim to keep you informed about what’s happening when.
What's happened to student services
As the building is being transformed, Senate House will close from 10 June to 23 September 2019 and the student services will temporarily relocate over the summer.
|Where can I find...||Over the Summer?||From September 2019 to June 2020?|
Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue
|Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue|
|Student Visa / Funding Office||
Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue.
|Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue|
|Income Office and Credit Control||Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue.||Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue|
There will be pop-up activities across the campus over the Summer.
|L2 in Senate House|
|Bristol SU Living Room||
There is a pop-up space in Richmond Building, open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
|L4 in Senate House|
|Study Seats||Alternative study space is open all summer in the Hawthorns study centre.||L4 Senate House from 23 September 2019|
Will Senate House stay open during building work?
We are taking a staged approach to refurbishment, so building work will take place whilst Senate House is in use, to bring it online as a student support and social hub as early possible.
After a short closure of the building from June to September 2019, Senate House will remain open during the building work.
Will teaching take place during the building work?
Due to space constraints, some classes will be timetabled into Senate House during construction.
What about the noise? Will we still be able to work in the building?
The most disruptive work is scheduled to take place over summer 2019 when students are away, but the staged refurbishment means there will be noise and disruption day to day whilst the building is still in use.
At every stage we will keep you informed about noise and disruption, so you know what’s happening when and where.
What will happen to the study spaces in Senate House?
Alternative study space is open all summer in the Hawthorns study centre. Study seats will re-open on L4 Senate House from September 2019.
What will be in Senate House when the work is finished?
In 2020, Senate House will bring together new student social and support services;
- A large food court with seating for over 300 people will be open to everyone in our community, offering a wide range of food choices throughout the day
- A new SU café / bar will provide another great place to meet and relax
- A new Student Information Service will offer help, wellbeing and student support
- All alongside the popular Bristol SU Living Room and the Postgraduate Research Hub.
Temporary closure of St Michael’s Park
Work has started in Senate House to build the new two-storey food court. To maximise safety and minimise the impact of the Senate House construction work and site traffic on Woodland Road, the end of St Michael’s Park will close to vehicles from the rear of Senate House to Woodland Road, from 14 August.
This section of the road will remain closed until the build is complete, next Summer 2020. Road closure signs will go up on Monday 29 July.
Vehicles can still use the road as far as Senate House and can access Osborne Villas and the University Day Nursery via St Michael’s Hill. Pedestrians and cyclists will have full access.
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How long will the road be closed?
We anticipate the road will need to be closed from July 2019 until summer 2020.
How will parking be affected?
Six public parking bays within the road closure zone will be suspended.
How will I access Osbourne Villas and the University Day nursery?
Vehicles will be able to use the road as far as Senate House and so residents of Osborne Villas and staff and parents using the University Day nursery will still have access to St Michael’s Park via St Michael’s Hill.
What are you going to do to reduce traffic congestion at key times ie as parents pick up / drop off at the nursery?
We anticipate that the number of vehicles using the road will reduce, as it will no longer be used as a cut through. Parents dropping off/ picking up children from the nursery can continue as usual.
Where can cars park and turn around? Will cars use Osbourne Villa as a turning circle?
Cars can park in the street as normal. Vehicles will be able to use the road as far as Senate House and can turn around within the road, at the junction of Osborne Villas and in the car park entrance to the Indoor Sports Centre.
How will deliveries be made to the sports centre?
Deliveries will take place as normal.
Students choose to keep the name Senate House
Over the last few months we gathered over 1,700 responses from you on the renaming of Senate House through an online survey, workshops and a street survey.
Over 500 of you took part in the online survey and workshops to shortlist the popular names. These were then put to a representative sample group of over 1,000 students through a street survey, which resulted in students choosing the name Senate House as their number one choice.
Senate House was chosen by 22% of students, followed by Student Hub (11%), Jo Cox Building (10%) and Campus Heart (10%).
So, the name Senate House will remain for now and will be revisited after the building reopens with the new food court and student-facing services and facilities in September 2020.
Where can I find out more?
At every stage we will try to keep you informed about noise and disruption, so you know what’s happening when and where.
Regular updates will be posted on the newsfeed, in and around Senate House and via Faculties, Schools and on channels like the Portal and on the Your Bristol blog.
If you have any feedback or concerns please get in touch by emailing email@example.com.